I’m not saying the otter made it happen … but I am going to treat the otter with a lot of respect.
‘The otter?’ you say.
Yes, the otter – thanks to Alan Baxter (a ‘thankyou’ gift for doing horrible, horrible things to his manuscript), there is now an otter to keep the two plushy badgers company.
The Aurealis shortlists can be viewed here – and congrats to all the fine folks on the list and a big hand to the judges and the coordinators for doing a big, frequently thankless job.
I would also like to say how freaking delighted I am to see Lisa Hannett’s Bluegrass Symphony on the shortlist for Best Collection and “The Short Go: a Future in Eight Seconds” on the shortlist for Best Horror Short Story. It’s one of my faves in Bluegrass Symphony.